It appears that the next update of WhatsApp on Android will include a feature that enables you to send animated videos as GIFs.
Animated GIFS are now hugely popular and the huge social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter already allow users to send and receive GIFs.
Samsung have also advanced in this area with their latest phablet allowing users to create their own GIFs using an S-Pen.
Some may argue that this is nothing new as it has been possible to unofficially send GIFS from WhatsApp for some time but in order to do so, users would need to root their smartphone.
Rooting for the average user is both complicated and daunting, not to mention the fact that it invalidates the manufacturer’s’ warranty.
WhatsApp’s latest beta version will allow anyone to create and send GIFs without the need for rooting.
If you want to know how to create a GIF files follow these straightforward steps:
- Open your conversation thread
- Tap on the paperclip icon
- Select Camera and record a video
- After you have recorded the video, tap OK
- You should now be able to cut your video, which needs to be 6 seconds or to be able to send as gift
- Next, tap on the camcorder icon in the top right. You should now see the GIF icon
- Then you’re ready to tap send
If you want to send an existing file as GIF you just need to follow exactly the same procedure.
To get the new version of WhatsApp you just need to join the beta program on the Play Store.